Beyond Bulls & Bears

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

 Last week saw equity markets continue their grind higher, with the familiar theme of US technology stocks leading the way higher. Volumes and news flow were once again fairly light due to the summer holiday season.

Quick Thoughts: Wall Street and Main Street Disconnect
Equity

Quick Thoughts: Wall Street and Main Street Disconnect

Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, gives his take on how COVID-19 has accelerated economic changes and explains what may have caused the stock markets’ second-quarter ascent.

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus
Perspectives

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus

Dislocations resulting from the pandemic shine a light on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, which can be used as an additional tool to identify leading companies from the laggards, according to Franklin Templeton’s Global Head of ESG, Julie Moret.

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG
Equity

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of financial market risks that fit within the realm of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors—namely disaster preparedness and health risks. Templeton Global Equity Group's Maarten Bloemen argues we will see recently highlighted ESG considerations more acutely on the radar of investors, while other issues previously on the backburner due to coronavirus—such as climate change—will likely come back to the spotlight.

Closing the European Performance Gap
Equity

Closing the European Performance Gap

Although European equities performed well in 2019, there’s still a significant value and performance gap compared to US stocks, according to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Katrina Dudley. Here, she gives reasons why she’s optimistic about the backdrop for European value stocks and discusses some potential market-moving events she’s monitoring.

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing
Perspectives

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing

How do investors across the globe approach environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues? Check out our recent study.

How a Broadening Stakeholder Base Shines a Light on Sustainability
Perspectives

How a Broadening Stakeholder Base Shines a Light on Sustainability

Around the world, societal demographic shifts are becoming evident, bringing long-standing assumptions and theses into question. Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, explains why investors should consider how companies are managing and navigating some of these broader drivers of change.

Templeton Global Macro: An Update on our ESG Scores
Fixed Income

Templeton Global Macro: An Update on our ESG Scores

Templeton Global Macro evaluates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in its macroeconomic research process and describes the process of codifying the team’s research discussions into quantifiable scores.

Six Reasons to Care about Climate-Change Investing
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Six Reasons to Care about Climate-Change Investing

Why should investors care about climate change? Here’s a look at the investment implications attributable to climate change from Templeton Global Equity Group’s Maarten Bloemen and Matthew J. Kiernan, Chief Executive of Inflection Point Capital Management Inc.

The Power of Emotions: Understanding Generation DC
Perspectives

The Power of Emotions: Understanding Generation DC

“Recognising that emotional intensity drives decision-making and action, we commissioned a study to explore the motivations of Generation DC. We wanted to move past viewing Generation DC as statistics and better understand them as people.” – David Whitehair

Meet the Manager: John Levy
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Meet the Manager: John Levy

Because an intern didn’t show up for work, John Levy, Director of Impact, Franklin Real Asset Advisors, got his foot in the door at Franklin Templeton. Now, 14 years later, he’s leading the firm’s efforts in impact investing, helping the company prove itself as a leader in the space. Get to know John.

The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management
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The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management

No single, unified best practice has yet emerged for impact investing, and a proliferation of methodologies and metrics has introduced an element of confusion. Simply navigating through all the resources available to impact investors can be a challenge. In the second post in this three-part series, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, help guide us through what they call the “five building blocks” of effective impact management.